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Have a Best Practice? Want to Share? The PA Chapter of APA wants to share your success stories with others. Send us your best practices – planning, zoning, development, open space, housing, economic development, trails, whatever it might be – and we’ll evaluate it for adding to our website.

Want to get involved but not sure how?  We need planners to help evaluate best practice submittals to see if they should be shared with everyone and put on our website. If interested, contact Brian O’Leary at boleary@chesco.org.

Chester County Pipeline Information Center Initiative

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Planning Excellence Award – Public Outreach Chester County Pipeline Information Center Initiative Chester County Planning Commission, Chester County Board of Commissioners With Chester County located between Pennsylvania’s natural gas fields and the refineries and ports of Philadelphia, and facing proposals for more pipelines, the county initiated a major public outreach effort.  It includes three parts.    

Millvale Pivot 2.0 EcoDistrict Plan

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2016 Planning Excellence Award – Plan Other Than a Comprehensive Plan Millvale Pivot 2.0 EcoDistrict Plan evolveEA, Millvale Borough, Millvale Community Development Corporation, Millvale Community Library, New Sun Rising, Sisters of Saint Francis at Mt. Alvernia The Pivot 2.0 EcoDistrict Plan successfully continues the multi-year efforts of this classic Western Pennsylvania milltown to use its   

Downtown Allentown Development and Urban Design Plan

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Planning Excellence Award – Plan Other Than a Comprehensive Plan Downtown Allentown Development and Urban Design Plan Goody Clancy, City of Allentown, Nelson/Nygaard, Barry Islett & Associates, CodaMetrics, Zimmerman/Volk Associates Allentown commissioned this plan in 2014 to provide new direction in response to growth and major investments from the Neighborhood Improvement Zone program.  NIZ had   

Human Service Transportation Coordination Plan and Transit System Consolidation

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2016 Planning Excellence Award – Implementation Human Service Transportation Coordination Plan and Transit System Consolidation Pennsylvania Department of Transportation In 2009 PennDOT, in collaboration with the Departments of Aging and Public Welfare and the Governor’s Office, completed a plan to improve customer service, service delivery, and cost-efficiencies in human service transportation around the state.  Implementation   

Zoning Ordinance of Clymer Borough

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2016 Planning Excellence Award – Best Practice Zoning Ordinance of Clymer Borough Clymer Borough, Indiana County Office of Planning & Development, Environmental Planning & Design, Indiana University of PA, Zanetta Illustrations, UpStreet Architecture In December 2014 Clymer Borough, a rural coal town with 1,357 people, enacted its first-ever zoning ordinance.  The ordinance it chose to   

Erie Refocused

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2016 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan Erie Refocused: Comprehensive Plan & Community Decision-Making Guide City of Erie, czbLLC The City of Erie Comprehensive Plan was adopted in March 2016.  The plan’s original data and pointed presentation bring clarity to the city’s recent weak market conditions and spreading disinvestment, and invoke the need to   

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